Laura Aboriginal Dance Festival

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Discover traditional culture at the Laura Aboriginal Dance Festival whilst exploring the iconic Daintree Rainforest and historic coastal hamlet of Cooktown.

Day 1 Cairns – Mossman Gorge – Cooktown (L,D)

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Day 1 Cairns - Mossman Gorge - Cooktown (L,D)

From Cairns we take the scenic coastal road to the jewel of the Daintree National Park, Mossman Gorge.

We are met by our local Aboriginal guide who will interpret the ancient rainforest and give us an insight into how the Kuku Yalanji people were connected to this piece of paradise.

Swim amongst smooth granite boulders in the crystal clear waters of Mossman Gorge (conditions permitting).

a dragon in the jungle

After lunch we journey over the Rex Range where the landscape dramatically changes as we travel to the historic Lions Den Hotel .

We then have a short drive to Cooktown via Black Mountain for a classic sunset over the Endeavour River.

Cooktown is a quaint historic coastal town with charm from yesteryear.

Accommodation Cooktown Motel (3 nights)

Day 2 Cooktown (B,L,D)

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Day 2 Cooktown (B,L,D)

Today we explore the many sights of Cooktown.
Keatings Lagoon is a bird watchers paradise. Enjoy a short bush walk and count the many species of birds from the bird hide.
Visit the Cooktown pioneer cemetery and learn about the characters that called this place home from the gold rush era.

Cooktown pub

Discover the James Cook museum for an insight into the history of when Captain Cook was shipwrecked here in 1770.

Take a stroll at the Botanical Gardens and explore the hidden beaches along this rugged coastline.
Take in the breathtaking scenery of Grassy Hill lookout and learn about local culture at Bicentennial Park.

Day 3 Cooktown – Laura Dance Festival – Cooktown (B)

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Day 3 Cooktown - Laura Dance Festival - Cooktown (B)

After breakfast we travel towards the remote town of Laura. We take a short walk up an escarpment to Split Rock Gallery to view exquisite rock art. Quinkan Rock Art has been acknowledged by UNESCO as being amongst the most significant in the world. The gallery has examples of the Quinkan figures linked to sorcery as well as paintings of the local wildlife.

We then travel a short drive to the Laura Aboriginal Dance Festival which is the sight of a traditional Bora(Ceremony)Ground.

Experience the culture of the communities of Cape York through song, dance and music.

view local rock art

This unique event involves over 20 Cape York Communities travelling to Laura to dance and share culture with one another and with audiences. There are cultural workshops, children’s games and entertainment, displays and art for exhibition and sale.
After the commencement of the days festivities we travel back to Cooktown to the comfort of your accommodation.

Day 4 Cooktown – Laura Festival – Cairns (B,)

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Day 4 Cooktown - Laura Festival - Cairns (B,)

After breakfast we journey back to the Laura Aboriginal Dance Festival for a full day of cultural celebration.

Beginning 30 years ago, this bi-annual event has become one of the largest gatherings of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australia, and the most varied display of Indigenous culture in the world.

men dancing in traditional dress

Witness the passing on of Culture across the generations, along with showcasing the strength, pride and uniqueness of Aboriginal people.
On the commencement of the festival we journey back to Cairns after an unforgettable cultural experience.

Adult (TBA) per person (twin share)
Child (TBA)
(Single supplement +TBA)

Departs Cairns / Port Douglas
(TBA) 2019


What’s included

  • Laura Aboriginal Dance Festival Entry
  • Aboriginal cultural walk Daintree National Park
  • Mossman Gorge
  • Cooktown town sights
  • Quinkan Rock Art /Split Rock
  • Historic Lions Den Hotel
  • Meals as advised
  • 3 nights hotel accommodation(Cooktown)
  • Air Conditioned vehicle
  • Informative cultural guide
  • Small Group(Maximum 12)
  • Return Accommodation transfer Cairns or Port Douglas

4 Day Tour

Physical Rating

Average Kilometers walking in a day

2 Kilometers


Cultural Rating

Culture content %
Approximately 60% cultural content

10 people max.

What to Bring

  • Small soft sided bag (12 kg)
  • Sleeping bag
  • Torch (Flashlight)
  • Suitable walking shoes
  • Swimwear
  • Towel/Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellant
  • Water bottle
  • Camera


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two male dancers at the Laura Dance Festival
view local rock art
traditional dressware
a dragon in the jungle
traditional dance
raging waters
men dancing in traditional dress
learning about traditional ways
join in with children dancing at the Laura Dance Festival
james cook memorial at cooktown
face painted and dancing children
entering the Lions Den Hotel
Cooktown pub
cooktown lighthouse
closeup of aboriginal artwork
canopy of leaves
a group of happy children after the dance

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